Learn to tell a story in wood! Figure carving in Scandinavia stretches back throughout history, when people sat around warm fires in winter, sharing their imaginations through stories and carving. In the Scandinavian flat-plane style, figures are carved in large, flat planes, created primarily by using a simple carving knife. Beginning with tool sharpening, Harley will provide hands-on carving experiences, as you complete a figure in step-by-step fashion. Finish the project by painting the figure and applying a final oil finish. Then carve additional pieces, while Harley offers assistance on an individual basis. Sharpening equipment and finishing supplies are also covered. There is a materials fee, payable to the instructor.
Harley Refsal is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist who has taught Scandinavian figure carving throughout the United States and Norway. He was honored by H. M. Harald V, King of Norway, with the St. Olav Medal of Honor for his efforts in reinvigorating Scandinavian figure carving in both the United States and Norway. A retired professor of Scandinavian folk art at Luther College in Decorah, he also regularly demonstrates and gives many presentations about Norwegian folk art and traditions. He is the author of several books. Harley was named the 2012 Woodcarver of the Year by the magazine Wood Carving Illustrated.